How to Start a Scrapbook
Ready to start scrapbooking?! You’ve come to the right place. This article will go through the steps of how to start your first scrapbook.
The very first step in creating you scrapbooking album is ensure you have the right materials – so I suggest you check out Basic Scrapbooking Supplies before proceeding.
Steps to Making a Scrapbook
Got your essential supplies? Good! Now lets talk planning.
1) Decide on a Theme
What kind of scrapbook do you want to create? Possibilities are endless so it is good decide on a specific theme before you start. Are you cataloging your travels? Family memories? Or maybe an About Me album (check out our how-to on “About Me” albums here)?
You don’t have to choose a specific theme, but it helps to organize your ideas if you go that route.
2) Organize Your Thoughts
Once you decide your theme, think about how you will want your scrapbook organized. Are you going to keep everything chronological? Think about what pictures go well together and what sizes they are. Are there certain color schemes you would like to stick to? If you are chronicling your year so far, you might want to consider going by season, then shopping with those seasonal color schemes in mind etc etc.
You’re also bound to get more ideas for scrapbooks and albums as you are going through this process. It is a good idea to have a notebook dedicated to your crafting ventures that you jot those ideas down in.
3) Choose your Pictures
Now for the fun part. What pictures will you use?!
I like to make little clusters before I start scrapbooking of what pictures will go on the page together. It doesn’t have to be an ironclad placement – but it can really simplify choosing your page layout down the road.
4) Plan Your Layout
It is a good idea to plan a consistent layout design for your themed scrapbook. You can find a lot of layout inspiration and pre-made plans to go off of online – an especially useful tool to have if you are just starting out. Think of colors that blend well together and how the photos will fit nicely in your layout.
A well organized layout will keep you from cropping photos to the wrong size, running out of space for your journaling, or ending up with a cluttered page. Composition is a big part of scrapbooking so this is not a step you want to skimp on! Get creative and have fun.
5)Adhere Your Photos
Now that you’ve planned your layout it is time to paste! Depending on the look you are going for, you can use photo corners, washi tape or just paste the photos down with acid-free glue. If you are going to mat your photos this will also be done now. Doing so can help the image stand out more in your scrapbook. If you decide to mat the photos you can use velum, cardstock, fabric, doilies etc etc. Get creative!
6) Add Some Journaling
Journaling is used to tell your story – photos illustrate it – but your journaling speaks for you. You can choose to add in dates, names, memories, quotes, inside jokes, etc. The sky is the limit – the key is that it be meaningful to you.
Journaling entries can be printed and pasted in, or hand written. Printed entries are better for a cleaner, more formal look. While brush lettering or calligraphy can add a bit of whimsy. I also like to put my entries on embellishments, tags or journaling print outs to keep it organized and off the physical page.
7) Add Embellishments
Embellishments can be used as decorative pieces, adding dimension, glitz or texture to your page. Try experimenting with embellishments, placing them around the page before gluing them to see what you like best. You can also sew them on, tie them on with ribbons. The sky is the limit, but try not to go too crazy as your page could easily end up looking cluttered.
That’s it for now! Enjoy and please post pictures of your work in the comments below!